Image icon  LuFe6Ge6: Crystal Hexagonal Plates

 
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Description: This photograph shows crystal hexagonal plates of LuFe6Ge6 grown by dissolving the starting elements in Sn flux at ˜1200°C, then slowly cooling down to 500-800°C. This material has a hexagonal structure and crystals grow as thick hexagonal plates with very smooth surfaces. The iron sublattice is known to order antiferromagnetically at ˜150°C, but the rare earth sublattices in the RFe6Ge6 series are not affected by this ordering and behave independently.
Keywords: hexagonal • flux grow • antiferromagnetic • rare earth • Lu-Fe-Ge • Sn flux
Categories: Science approaches > Structure, bonding & defects > Crystal structure
Science approaches > Structure, bonding & defects > Crystallography
Materials > Metals & alloys > Other metals & alloys > Rare-earth metals
Properties > Electrical, magnetic & optical
Testing, analysis & experimentation
Created by: Paul Canfield, AMES Laboratory, US Department of Energy
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Date created: 22 January 2011
Date added: 13 October 2011
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